The Left’s Hard-On for “Nazis”

R at Weapon Of Choice has a post about “The Right’s Hard-On for ‘Anti-American'”. Something popped out at me in the middle of it:

Have you ever noticed how quickly a right-wing nutcase will label someone who presents a slightly less than favorable view of the United States as anti-American, or someone who hates America? Don’t you find it uncanny how a right-wing douchebag can know you for about three whole seconds before declaring that you hate your country? These guys are some judge of character, huh?

Ah, the repugnant stench of blind partisanship! Nobody does it better than the right; and nobody does it with quite the panache as Ann Coulter. I bring her name up only because she seems to be the flagship of the right’s new-found movement of a perverted nationalistic extremism, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since, oh, the 1940s. Ooh, bad R! Bad R! But I digress…

“…a perverted nationalistic extremism, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since, oh, the 1940s.” That’s what bothered me, and it took a couple of reads for it to dawn on me — it’s another Nazi reference.

Are there people on the right who are quick to label anyone they disagree with as anti-American? Sure. But as much as that happens, I see people on the left (even R) who are just as quick to jump in with “Nazi” or “fascist”. I will make one assertation, though: as quick as many are on the right to label someone anti-American, they are accurate much more often than the left is when they label someone Nazi.

Here’s the problem with both sides. There are real anti-Americans in this debate. There are still real Nazis out there. Both sides have their own little memes. I’ve leveled the Nazi claim, and I have leveled the anti-American claim, but I haven’t leveled either lightly or off the cuff.

Anti-American and Nazi are not bogeymen — they are real dangers, and we need to treat them as such.

3 Comments

  1. Mexigogue says:

    Labeling is a shortcut for thinking. Like calling someone a “neocon” and scrinching up your face. That takes the place of actually putting forth an argument. Yipee.

  2. R says:

    Shut up you neocon!

    My reference to Nazis was meant to be facetious, hence the “Bad R! Bad R!” immediately afterwards. It was also meant to, using superior literary subtlety, jab at the left, and a little at myself, for our tendencies to do the same thing.

    You’re right, of course. I just wanted to let you know.

  3. Phelps says:

    I got that, but I still think it came at little too easily.